Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Goodbye 2016

I will close this December wishing health and success to all composers.

Let us hope that the New Year 2017 will bring joy and happiness to everyone.

Two compositions of mine, belonging to fairy chess, are published in the Romanian e4e5 magazine, Nr.34, December 2016, p. 559.

The first is a helpmate threemover with fairy condition Circe : Black plays first and helps White to mate. In the meantime, any captured unit is reborn on its initial square (initial as in the start of a chess game).

The second is a directmate twomover with fairy conditions Circe and Madrasi, and also two fairy pieces Nightriders. We spoke previously about Circe.
Madrasi is a condition of paralysis : When two pieces of same type and different colour (wR and bR, wQ and bQ, etc) are threatening each other, then they are paralysing each other, until the end of threat.
The Nightriders are pieces of linear way of moving, with Knight steps.
In this composition all the tries and all the white moves during solution are done by the white king.

Emmanuel Manolas (GRE)
e4e5 Nr.34, 12/2016, p.559
(6 + 7)
h#3, Circe

1.Bxh3(+wRh1) Rxh3(+bBc8) 2.Bf5 Kxb7(+bRa8) 3.Rxa2(+wBf1) Bxe2(+bPe7)#

Black sacrifice with the key. Reciprocal captures bBf1 and wRh3. Openings and closings of lines. Selfblocking.
In three moves the bBf1 must go to f5, and the wBa2 must go to e2.

Emmanuel Manolas (GRE)
e4e5 Nr.34, 12/2016, p.559
(15 + 12), (Nightriders d7 + c5)
#2, Circe, Madrasi

Tries :
{1.Kxb3(+bRa8)+? a1=R!},
{1.Kxb4(+bPb7)? [2.Qf1#] Qxa7!},
{1.Kxc5(+bNc1)+? Ne5+!},
{1.Kxd5(+bRa8)? [2.Rh1#] Bxh7(+wPh2)!},
{1.Kxd4(+bBf8)+? Bh6!}.

Key : 1.Kxc3(+bQd8)! [2.Qf2# / Qd1# / Qe1# / Qc1#]
1…a1=Q/B+ 2.Kxb3(+bRa8)#

Themes Durbar (All white moves are made by the wK) and royal Option (Tries and Key are made by the wK). 
This active wK stops the Madrasi paralysings, capturing black pieces in its field. Only one from six capturings is succesful, while the rest five are tries with different treatments.
There are also other effects, as exposition of the wK to check, indirect Self-pin and unpins, Reciprocal pins, Crossed checks.

Monday, December 12, 2016

What time is it?

In the Over-The-Board game of chess usually they count the strength of the pieces with measure unit the one (1) pawn.
(Of course this is quite simplistic, since the strength of a pawn is greater as the pawn gets near its promotion line, but we can overlook it for now).

The Bishop and the Knight have worth three pawns each,
the Rook has worth five pawns,
the Queen has worth nine pawns.
The King has infinite worth, since the game ends when it is certain that the King will be dead in the next move.

If you have postponed it, now is the time to learn chess! You will have only advantages.

(I have found this picture in the internet, without the name of the artist. It is a great work!)

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Small Studies, by Panagiotis Konidaris

There is a good work about studies, by Panagiotis Konidaris, published in Greek. Mr Konidaris is a writer and chess-player from the island Meganissi, near Lefkada, Greece.
The studies are compositions (that is they are not necessarily endings of actual OTB games, but they are created by a composer), aiming to show some hidden features of game endings.
Here the composer and solver Konidaris has selected some memorable studies for presentation, explaining the solutions in a pleasant way. I will not translate the text, but I believe that you can see the studies and their solutions.

First part, here :

Second part, here :

Third part, here :

Fourth part, here :

Fifth part, here :

Sixth part, here :